I went to Spain. But you probably guessed that from the title. I plan to tell you all about it and share pics, but first, let’s go to Fencon.
Yeah, got off a plane yesterday, driving to Dallas tomorrow. Bad. Ass. And probably tired. And more than a little punch-drunk. So come see me possibly start talking randomly about cupcakes! Here’s my schedule so far:
Friday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Modern Good vs Ancient Evil
Description: Ancient Evil has always been a convenient means of explaining the unknown. Yet, even in modern times we still love to read tales of contemporary people fighting ancient, unspeakable evils. Does this say something about our basic fears, or do we just love to read cracking good tales?
Friday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Description: The Internet may be made of cats, but is fantasy made of dragons? Why do some animals endure as symbols in literature and art, and why do they resonate with fans?
Friday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
When Action Gets in the Way of Story
Description: How often have you wondered if a particular movie scene was only included to plant seeds for the video game that comes after? How many fight or chase scenes in books went on so long that you got bored and started skipping ahead? Our panelists talk about how to make every scene worthy of the the space it takes up.
Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Description: It’s the classic game show “Hollywood Squares” with a FenCon twist! Join us for an hour of fun and games as our panel of guests try to help (or bluff) our contestants. We even have a “Secret Square” in each game! Come check it out. You might win a prize!
Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
No, I’m Hero Support
Description: Good sidekicks aren’t just ciphers. They have back-stories that may be as rich as the main character’s. A good sidekick does more than point, ask questions, and scream. Our panelists discuss what goes into creating a good companion.
Saturday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Description: Why work in invented settings? How do you keep settings internally consistent? Which invented worlds have inspired you and your creations? How do you stop yourself from building more than you need for the story you’re telling? Our panelists will answer these questions and more.
Find the full schedule on the Fencon site.
I will also be hauling around books to sell, so I hope you’ll stop by and say hello…and you know, buy a book.
Also, just before I left I received my cover art for book 3 in the Katya and Starbride series, A Kingdom Lost!
And here’s the blurb *SPOILER ALERT – IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS AND YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS, SKIP THIS BLURB*
Princess Katya Nar Umbriel has little left to lose. Her uncle Roland took her home, scattered her family, and forced her to abandon Starbride, her dearest love. Slim hopes and righteous anger carry Katya into Starbride’s homeland to raise an army and take back all that was stolen from her.
Starbride never dreamed she’d lead a pack of foreign rebels against a Fiendish usurper. She holds the capital city out of love, denying any rumor of Katya’s death. As the two strive toward each other, Roland dogs their every step, loosing Fiend-filled corpses on Katya’s army and hypnotizing the capital’s citizens into hunting Starbride down. If they ever meet again, it’ll be over his dead body.
It’s all yours coming in April!
Next time, I’ll have some Spain and Fencon pics for you. That’ll be a long post.
Nap time? Anyone?